Category Archives: Default settings

Election 2017 – a Digital Manifesto

Age verification for pornography sites was a key measure advocated in the Digital Manifesto published by the UK children’s charities ahead of the 2015 General Election. Earlier this week that proposal was adopted in the Digital Economy Act, 2017. This shows … Continue reading

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Ring the bells!

At  3.15.p.m. today the Digital Economy Bill 2016-2017  completed the penultimate formal stages of the Parliamentary processes. The House of Lords agreed to all of the amendments to its amendments that had been made when the Bill went back to … Continue reading

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Brussels Bulletin – report back on GDPR matters

Earlier this week in Brussels the Article 29 Working Party and the Commission independently organized two separate sets of meetings on the GDPR. They were arranged sequentially. This meant I was able to go to both. Article 29 came first. … Continue reading

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Children’s groups call for action against ICANN

UK children’s groups call for action against ICANN’s negligence concerning children. Letters and briefing sent to UK and US Governments. They are a bit long  (2 pages and 4 pages) so download them from here

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Google takes the plunge

Word reaches me from the USA that Google is exploring how to admit under 13s to its services officially and legally. It has created a programme called “Family Link”. Seemingly it is only available at the moment if you live in … Continue reading

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Towards a new internet strategy for the UK

On 27th February Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State at DCMS announced the Government’s intention to  develop a new internet strategy. As a member of the Executive Board of UKCCIS I was asked for my views.  I reproduce them below. I … Continue reading

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Pornography, age verification and related matters

At the end of February, the Government announced that sex education was to become a compulsory part of the national curriculum. Apparently, among other things,  sexting, self-generated images and the harms associated with pornography are to be addressed within the … Continue reading

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